PANAMA CITY, Fla. — FEMA has approved four projects totaling more than $12 million for the State of Florida to reimburse for eligible costs of emergency work and permanent repairs following Hurricane Michael.
These grants include:
- Bay County – $3,256,551 for debris removal operations throughout the county
- Florida Department of Environmental Protection – $1,891,564 for debris removal operations from public rights of way
- Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative – $2,793,699 for the removal and disposal of hurricane-damaged electrical power poles, power lines, transformers and other electrical component debris obstructing utility rights of way
- Washington County – $4,123,693 for debris removal operations throughout the county
These grants are funded by FEMA’s Public Assistance program, an essential source of funding for communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency. The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) works with FEMA during all phases of the program and reviews projects prior to FEMA final approval.
Applicants work directly with FEMA to develop projects and scopes of work. FEMA obligates funding for projects to FDEM after final approval.
Once a project is obligated, FDEM works closely with applicants to finalize grants and begin making payments. FDEM has implemented new procedures designed to ensure grant funding is provided to local communities as quickly as possible.
FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants to state, tribal and local governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations, including houses of worship, so communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies.
FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during, and after disasters.